Tag Archives: superior reads

Illustrated kids’ books educate and entertain

Miss Colfax’s Light By Aimée Bisonette Illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen Miss Colfax’s Light is a children’s picture book based on the true story of Harriet Colfax, who, at age 37 in 1861, became lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Despite people thinking the job might be too much for her, […]

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Books offer look at varied artistic mediums

Kerouac and Brautigan. These sections require readers to know a bit about the authors to catch all the references. The opening Hemingway poem has splake taking a photo that has shadows hiding the apparition he sees of Hemingway coming to Seney to stalk trout again. A theme throughout these poems is splake wanting these authors […]

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Poems offer multiple perspectives and forms

Objects May Appear Closer by Janeen Pergrin Rastall Janeen Rastall is one of Upper Michigan’s foremost poets, and her newest collection does not disappoint. While poetry is largely open to interpretation, the title seems to suggest that the past is still present with us since the majority of the poems relate to aging and then […]

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Books reflect local history and its preservation

The Archives Project: The Surprising and Remarkable Story of the Origins and Development of Northern Michigan University’s Archives, 1966-1994 by Clifford F. Maier At first glance, a 350-page book on the history of the NMU Archives may not seem like the most absorbing reading, but as current archives director Marcus Robyns states in his foreword, […]

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Dead bodies keep readers guessing

by Vicki Fee Death Crashes the Party is the first book in the new “Liv and Di in Dixie” mystery series by Marquette author Vicki Fee. Full of Southern charm, a few Southern clichés and lots of surprises, this book is sure to win over fans of strong-willed women who aren’t content to sit back and […]

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Surprising visitors to Great Lakes region

by Tyler Tichelaar Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America David M. Krueger My first thought when I saw Myths of the Rune Stone, published by University of Minnesota Press, was that it would argue that Vikings had settled in the Great Lakes area long before Columbus. Instead, it explores […]

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U.P. poets represent genre well

the poet’s room by t. kilgore splake Calumet author t. kilgore splake has been writing poetry for many decades. In all, he is the author of 75 books of poetry, prose and photographs. He has been published in countless literary and art journals, and much of his writing has drawn attention to the Upper Peninsula. […]

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Books reveal how hard work, architecture shaped the U.P.

Company Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by Christian Holmes by Tyler Tichelaar Upper Michigan is full of the remnants of company towns—far more than many of us realize. In this new book, Christian Holmes gives information on all of them, and the book appears to be all-encompassing, although some of the chapters are very short—less […]

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Books focus on U.P. legends

by Tyler Tichelaar Paul Bunyan in Michigan: Yooper Logging, Lore & Legends by Jon C. Stott In this first Paul Bunyan story collection set in the U.P. since Stanley Newton’s 1946 Paul Bunyan of the Great Lakes, Jon C. Stott recaptures the oral tradition of Paul Bunyan, relying upon his predecessors’ books for sources, but also giving […]

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Children’s books explore pictured rocks and great lakes

Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks: National Park Mystery Series 1 by Mary Morgan Illustrated by Dawn McVoy Baumer Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks is the first book in a new series by Mary Morgan exploring the National Parks. These chapter books are full of adventure and perfect for children about ages seven to eleven. The […]

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Books reveal secrets from the past

by Tyler Tichelaar Secrets and Rivals: Wartime Letters and the Parents I Never Knew by R. Bruce Larson Our first book this month sounds like a fitting read for Veteran’s Day, but I think the first thing to know about this book is that it’s not what you would expect. I expected a collection of […]

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Books offer insight to past, enhance future

by Tyler Tichelaar Chakras Alive! Exploring & Expanding Your Inner Rainbow by Roslyn Elena McGrath Roslyn McGrath has long been known in the local community for her intuitive healing and for being the owner of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. She has previously published The Third Mary, a transcript of her channelings with the mother […]

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Classic books offer adventure, rhymes

by Tyler Tichelaar This month’s reviews are of three reprints of classic Scandinavian stories by American authors about Scandinavian and Viking history and a new book that pays homage to a children’s classic. Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire First published in 1941, Leif the Lucky is another lavishly illustrated hardcover picture […]

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ChoganandtheGrayWolf

Novels explore Native culture, murders

by Tyler Tichelaar Chogan and the Gray Wolf: A Native American Novel by Larry Buege Chogan and the Gray Wolf is the first in a series of Native American young adult novels by Larry Buege, whose novel, Cold Turkey, has previously been reviewed in this column. The Chogan novels are set in Upper Michigan about […]

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Superior Reads by Ida Nord

New books include rich U.P. history

  by Tyler Tichelaar Deep Purple Lilacs by Ida Nord Author Ida Nord is back with her fifth book. Deep Purple Lilacs is a historical novel that takes place across most of Upper Michigan, but begins in Peshtigo, Wisconsin with the outbreak of the Peshtigo fire in 1871. Fifteen-year-old Daniel Anderson loses everything in the […]

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